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WINDHAM COUNTY NEWSPAPERS : WILLIMANTIC JOURNAL 1857-1862
The Willimantic Journal
An Independent, Local, Family Newspaper.
Published Every Saturday Morning
Office in Franklin Building, Up Stairs
The Willimantic Journal, April 1862:
316. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: Population of Willimantic. Owing to a press of new advertisements and other matters, we cannot find room for such an article as we intended to prepare on Willimantic this week. We therefore give the following statistics of population, &c., mostly derived from the Census of 1860. Some of the facts have been published before, but probably not one-fourth of our present readers ever saw them. All other matters of interest will be embodied in our "Notes," which will be regularly published. The number of dwelling houses in Willimantic in 1860 was 340.
The number of families, 563
Whole population, 2955
Whole number of males, 1317
Whole number of females, 1638
Excess of females over males, 321
Of the whole number were born in the State, 1747
In all other States and countries, 1208
The natives of Massachusetts, 152
The natives of Rhode Island, 159
The natives of Vermont, 14
The natives of Maine, 16
The natives of New Hampshire, 17
The natives of New York, 68
The natives of New Jersey, 6
The natives of Pennsylvania, 8
The natives of Ohio, 7
The natives of Kentucky, 2
The natives of Virginia, 1
The natives of Louisiana, 1
The natives of Illinois, 1
The natives of Michigan, 1
The natives of Ireland, 499
The natives of England, 140
The natives of Scotland, 30
The natives of Canada, 72
The natives of Prussia, 2
The natives of Bavaria, 2
The natives of Baden, 2
The natives of Wortinburg, 1
The natives of Switzerland, 1
The natives of Hamburg, 1
The natives of Iowa, 1
The natives of Missouri, 1
The natives of Nova Scotia, 1
The population at present does not vary much from the above, though owing to temporary causes it may be somewhat less.
317. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: Freeman's meeting, is next Monday. We do not meddle with partisan affairs, and care nothing for mere party names, but we think it the duty of every elector to vote, especially at such a time as this, and should we be called upon to give our advice we would say, vote for no one whose loyalty is not clear and unquestionable, or who would in any way give aid sympathy or comfort to the traitors in arms against their country.
318. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: We shall send this number of the Journal to several old friends and correspondents. Should any of them desire the paper for the historical articles, or because they wish to keep up their connection with Willimantic, or the old town, or for any other reason, we shall be happy to receive their names as subscribers for three months or longer, as they choose.
319. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: Accident. Thomas Wood, a young man of this village, brother of Mr. Wm. H. Wood, the hardware merchant, was considerably injured by the accidental discharge of a pistol in his pocket, on Wednesday. We believe his wounds are not dangerous.
320. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: How do you like our new head for the Journal? It was furnished us by M.J.G. Cooley, No. 1 Spruce st., New York, formerly of South Windham. We like it very well.
321. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: Local History and Genealogy, will be a distinct feature in the Journal. Our special field will embrace ancient Windham, including the present towns of Windham, Mansfield, Hampton and Scotland. The "Notes" on Willimantic, and the articles respecting the early settlement of Mansfield will be continued. We shall give much more genealogy than heretofore and have several articles on that subject nearly ready. We intend to give from one to two columns of historical matter each week, and shall not neglect any of the above named towns.
322. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: Misses Brown & Porter, Milliners and Dress makers, Keigwin's building opposite the Congregational church, have just returned from New York with an entire new stock of goods, and are prepared to furnish any thing in the line, and to attend to dress making, at very low prices, and hope to give perfect satisfaction to all who may call upon them. Particulars next week.
323. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: Azor Weaver a single man about 55 years of age committed suicide by hanging, in Franklin, on Monday of this week.
324. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: The school in the 2d District, which has been suspended some tow months on account of the small pox near the schoolhouse, will be re-opened a week from next Monday, with the same teachers as last term.
325. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: The Rev. Wm. Kellen of the Methodist church having been stationed here for two years leaves us this Spring for a new field of labor. His people loss the services of a faithful pastor and worthy man, and we lose a kind friend and obliging neighbor. The best wishes of many friends accompany him and his family to their new home.
326. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: We are happy to announce that the small pox and varioloid have entirely disappeared from the village.
327. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: Our Willimantic Advertisers.
Thomas Turner, in Turner's Block, next east of the Brainard House, believes there are "better times coming," and informs the public how low he will sell goods. Mr. T. believes in advertising through "thick and thin," in hard times as well as in good times, and says he makes money by it. It has been simply and solely from inadvertence that we have not called attentions to his advertisements before.
Merrick Johnson, Atwood's Block "Sunny Side," deals in the substantials, of which he always has a supply, of good quality, and at reasonable prices. See his notice.
Wm. H. Wood, in the hardware line, Bassett's Block, can tell his own story.
It would seem that he keeps everything from a pin to a plow. He is square up with the times and believes in keeping his name and what he has to sell before the people, so that they won't get an idea he has given up business.
J.R. Robertson, one of the "boys" that believes in advertising. His Kerosene Oil which he sells for 50 cents per gallon we known by experience is a first rate article.
Geo. W. Burnham, at the old Exchange Place of Mr. Lathrop, deals in groceries provisions, crockery, &c, also has a good assortment of good articles on hand which we know he sells at reasonable prices. See the notice of his new clothes wringer.
Alpaugh & Hooper. We are glad to find that our old friends and business neighbors of Franklin Building, are still in town, and have just received "lots" of new goods from New York. It is unnecessary for us to say a word in favor of this old and substantial firm, they are so well and favorably known. See their notice in this week's Journal.
D.F. Terry, manufacturer of sash, blinds and doors, J.E. Cushman, agent for Willimantic. We think Mr. T. will suit all who apply both in quality and price. See notice.
I.A. Clark, in the Twin Building sells Boots and Shoes, and does repairing. He advertises a large and desirable stock.
S. Lewis, at the old Windham Co's store deals in dry goods and groceries, and keeps open house.
Geo. C. Topliff has removed his establishment from Tanner's Building, to the store lately occupied by L.W. Jacobs, where he offers an extensive assortment of clocks, watches, jewelry, and spectacles, for sale.
328. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: Our Hartford Advertisers.
The most enterprising and successful business men in Hartford have been the greatest advertisers, and we are not surprised that several of these shrewd go ahead business firms, have come to the conclusion that it will pay to advertise in the Journal. We have received from our efficient Hartford agent, Mr. W.W. Jacobs, of the Adams Express, advertisements from the following, in the order named, and to which we would call attention.
William & Hall, as will be seen, are both wholesale and retail dealers, and offer a large and desirable assortment in their line. When in former days we wished to purchase anything in the drug line at Hartford, we invariably called on them, and were always served to our entire satisfaction. The junior partner, Mr. Hall, is a "Willimantic Boy," once a pupil of ours (and a good boy and a good scholar he was) and it affords us a real pleasure now to say a good word for him, and the firm of which he is a member.
J.F. Rathburn also advertises in the drug line. Mr. R. has such a good "faculty" of describing what he has to sell and how much he will take for it, that he leaves nothing for an editor to say but simply to call attention to his advertisement. Mr. R. is also of Willimantic origin - the place where we turn out smart boys.
J.M.B. McNary, & Co. advertise "McNary's Dandelion Coffee" a new and improved article highly recommended for Dyspepsia, &c. See McNary's column.
329. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: Provision for a Wife. The following is an extract from the last will of one of the early settlers of Windham (now Hampton). Similar provisions for the wife are found in the wills of many other settlers in that part of the town: "I give to my dearly beloved wife one half of my new dwelling house and the improvement of half of my orchard the time of her life, and also order that my executor find her two good cows and a horse and keeping for winter and summer during ye time of her life, also yearly during her life eight bushels of Indian corn, and four bushels of Rye, and two bushels of wheat, and one bushel and half of good malt, and a 140 pounds of good poark, and 50 weight of good beef, and two bushels of Turnips, and half a bushel of beans, and also in the season Green Beans that is necessary for her, and also in time of sickness to provide for her a doctor and also a nurse to look after her, and also to find her with Rumm and melasses needful for her during the time that she remains my widow; and also that she shall have the benafit of a garden spot of land convenient for her, and also the privilege to keep a hog at ye door, - also sufficient fire wood fit for ye fire, and my executor shall make up ye apples into cyder that belongs to my wife. I also give my wife my movable estate in the house. Also my executors to provide 10 pounds of wool and 20 pounds of flax for my wife during the time of her widowhood.
330. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: Local History. The First Town Meeting in Windham. At a "Court of Election held at Hartford, May 12th, 1692," granted to the "legatees and proprietors of the new plantation that is now settling above the Towne of Norwich" the "Liberty of a Township," to be called Windham," &c, and on the 11th of June following the first town meeting was held according to the record, as follows: June 11th, 1692.
A Towne meeting held at Windham they then chose for towns men Jonathan Hough, Joshua Riply & Jonathan Crane.
Allso chose Jonathan Crane Brander & towl master and Joshua Riply was chosen then to be towne Clarke.
It was noted and agreed on that a committey should be chosen for to Lay out high ways, Jonathan ginnings, Joseph Huntington, Jonathan hough, Samuell hide,
John ffitch, ware chosen for that work. Thomas Huntington & John Royse were then chosen Sirusaiors.
Likewise it was noted & agreed upon that we should petition to next general court for order to proportion our towne charges according to our allotments & it was ordered that Joshua Riply should manage it.
It was then voted and agreed upon yt Jonathan Crane & Thomas Huntington should go to Mr. ffitch to advise with him about a minister & that Thomas Huntington should go to Milford & further treat with Mr. Whitten in order to geet him hear, &c.
331. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: Ancient Letter. The following interesting letter to the Rev. Samuel Whiting, the first minister of Windham, has survived the ravages of time, - some thoughtful person having pasted it into the first volume of the Windham Church records. It is written in a neat hand somewhat resembling German text, - and was preliminary to the formation of the first church in Windham, Dec. 10, 1700: Wenham Oct. 29th, 1700. Revrd: Sr. Yours I received of 22d: instant: in behalfe & att the request off our beloved Brethren, John Abbee & Robert Hibberd both members in full communion & good state with the church of Christ att Wenham, signifying their desires off Letters of dismission from sd church, in order (the Lord favouring) to joine with others, in gathering & erecting a church att Windham & to call and ordaine an officer to administer the holy things off Christ's Kingdom unto them, which their desires, have accordingly bene propounded to sd church, & readily complied withal: & to sd good worke have vot d their discussion. As also we have dismissed their wives Hannah Abbe & Mary Hibberd unto such church when erected: & also all their children as iff named to your watch & Discipline: And we here signify our rejoicing, that the Lord hath bene pleased to make way for your Comfortable settlement in church order, according to the rules of the gospel: the elders & Messengers of Neighbor churches yielding their apporbation thereto, & accepting you as a sister church with them: bound up in the bond of thatt holy ffellowship, which ought to be according to gospel rules observed between the true churches of the Lord Jesus Christ: We commend you with your pious & christian design, to the Guidance & conduct of the blessed & effectually quickening spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ, praying he would be with you in that weighty worke; helping you to build up & to be further built up in the Kingdom of his grace here, being preserved blameless & brought to his Kingdom of Glory hereafter: The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all; Amen. Yours in the Lord, Joseph Gerrish, pastor, with Consent off the Brethren of the church off Christ at Wenham.
332. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: The embarkation of the Thirteenth Regiment was accomplished without an accident. There was not a desertion, nor a case of intemperance in the regiment. That is a good reputation to leave behind them.
333. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: Robert Foote of Danbury, 16 years of age, died instantly on the 19th inst. of heart disease.
334. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: Amos Perry, Esq., appointed U.S. Consul General to Tunis, was formerly principal of the Young Ladies' High school in New London.
335. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: The Messrs. Hotchkiss of Sharon are crowding their works to their utmost capacity for the manufacture of shot and shell for the government.
356. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: The cotton mill at Fitchville has suspended operations for the present.
357. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: The two soldiers of the 5th Regiment wounded at the battle of Winchester, were Henry Wells of Co. E, and Patrick Cummings of Danielsonville, of Co K.
358. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: Peter Clark was drowned in the Farmington river, at West Hartford on the 13th inst.
359. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: Michael Ahern of Norwich was arrested for burglary, committed at F.M. Hale's clothing store in that city, on Tuesday night, 25th, and bound over for trial.
360. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: Wm. Spicer and Courtland Lamb of Ledyard, killed 59 black snakes in one next, the other day.
361. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: Col. Drake, of the 10th Conn., has been obliged to return home on account of ill health.
362. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: Col. Wm. Palmer, a prominent citizen of East Haddam, died on the 20th inst., at the age of 65.
363. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: Death of Capt. Hoyt. News reached Stamford on Wednesday morning, 26th, of the death at Newburn, of Capt. Isaac L. Hoyt of that town of Co. G, Tenth Regiment. The flags were put at half-mast, and remained so till the arrival of his body and same evening. The funeral took place Thursday afternoon.
364. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: Brig-Gen. Tyler had an interview, by appointment, with Secretary Stanton, Tuesday. He will enter upon active duty at once, and possibly may be assigned Gen. Shields' command in case that officer's wound is found to incapacitate him for service.
365. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: Letters from Havana state that Jeff Davis, within the past six weeks, has had a large amount of money deposited in the banks of that city. If this is reliable, it would seem to indicate that the rebel chieftain is looking forward to an early "immigration movement," and is sending on his "valuables" in advance.
366. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: A rock weighing three or four tons, from some cause was dislodged and fell upon the track of the Hartford, Providence and Fishkill railroad on Thursday afternoon, at a place called "Rocky Cut" Terryville. Fortunately it was discovered before time for the passage of a train and removed.
367. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: A.W. Easell, an old resident of Bolton died last week from the effects of a bite from a rat which he incautiously stepped upon while bare-foot.
368. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: Daniel Webster the Warden of the Connecticut State Prison was stabbed by a desperate convict named Gerard Toole, on the 27th ult. So that he died the next day.
369. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: A little son of Joseph Kincaid, of Hartford was drowned Saturday afternoon. The little fellow was five years old that day, says the Press, and his father left in the morning promising to bring him a birthday present. At dinner time, he got up from the table and went out with a biscuit in his hand - it is now supposed that he went down to the river, a few rods distant, to feed the ducks, fell in and was drowned. The neighborhood was searched during the afternoon and evening, without success; and Sunday morning, Mr. K's Newfoundland dog was let out who tracked him straight to the river, where his body was soon afterward found.
370. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: The building of the Greenwoods Company at New Hartford, used as a grist and saw mill was damaged about $1000 by fire on Friday night.
371. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: A serious fire occurred at No. 52 Water street Norwich, Monday morning, which damaged or destroyed several buildings. The principal lasses were as follows: John A. Rockwell, building, loss $4000 - insured in the Phoenix Ins. Co. of Hartford for $2000; also on other buildings, loss about $1200 - insured in the Phoenix; Lucius Parsons, eating saloon, loss $500 - insured in the Conn. Mutual of Hartford; O.J. Lamb building, 2500 - no insurance; also loss on stock of groceries, $5000 insured $3000; E.A. Bill, groceries, loss $5000 insured $3,500; W.M. Converse buildings, $2,700 - full insured; J.W. Steadman, Aurura office $150 - insured in the Conn. Mutual of Hartford, and other small losses. Total loss, $21,600 - insurance, $13,250.
372. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: Marriages.
In Canterbury, March 26, by Rev. John Paine, James Lillibridge and Miss Adelaide Montgomery.
373. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: Deaths.
In Columbia, March 2, Mrs. Amanda Woodward, widow of the late Jasper Woodward, aged 80 years. Also, March 25, of scarlet fever, Emma J., daughter of Henry Thompson, aged 2 years.
In Hebron, March 31, John Phelps, aged 81.
In Mansfield, April 2, Frederick Chaffee, aged 73.
In Hartford, March 28, Milla Smith, relict of Shubael Smith, of Franklin, aged 85.
In Franklin, March 26, of consumption of the lungs, Phebe A., wife of Dr. Stephen Sweet, aged 35.
374. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: Beans. Twenty-Five bushels nice white Beans, for sale at Johnson's, Sunny Side.
375. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: At a Court of Probate holden at Columbia, within and for the District of Andover, on the 13th day of March, A.D. 1862 - Present John S. Yeomans, Esq., Judge. On motion of William H. Bishop, Administrator on the estate of Eli Bishop, late of Columbia, within said district, deceased. This court doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the administrator, and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Willimantic, and by posting a copy thereof on the public sign post in said town of Andover, nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified form record. William H. Yeomans, Clerk.
376. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: At a Court of Probate holden at Windham within and for the district of Windham, on the 29th day of March, A.D. 1862 - Present Justin Swift, Esq., Judge. On motion of Merrick Johnson, Trustee on the assigned estate of A.W. Dexter, of Windham within said district - it is ordered by this Court that notice be given that the Administration account in said estate will be exhibited for settlement at the Probate Office in said district on the 9th day of April next, at 9 o'clock A.M., by posting a copy of this order on the public sign post in said town of Windham, and by advertising the same in a newspaper published in Windham. Certified from record. Wm. Swift, Clerk.
377. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: At a Court of Probate holden at Windham, within and for the District of Windham, on the 28th day of March, A.D. 1862 - Present, Justin Swift, Esq., Judge. On motion of George Ashley, Administrator on the Estate of Gilbert Ashley, late of Scotland, within said District, deceased. This Court doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the Administrator, and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper printed in Willimantic and by posting a copy thereof on the public signpost in said town of Scotland, nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from record, Wm. Swift, Clerk.
378. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: At a Court of Probate holden at Windham, within and for the District of Windham, on the 26th day of March, A.D., 1862. Present, Justin Swift, Esq., Judge. On motion of Wm. Swift, Administrator on the Estate of Rev. George I. Stearns, within said District, deceased; This Court doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the Administrator, and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Windham, and by posting a copy thereof on the public signpost in said town of Windham nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from record, Justin Swift, Judge.
379. TWJ Fri Apr 4, 1862: At a Court of Probate holden at Hampton, within and for the District of Hampton, on the 26th day of march, A.D. 1862. present, Dyer Hughes, Judge. Whereas Samuel Fuller, of said Hampton; whose assigned estate is in course of settlement within said district has delivered to this Court schedules purporting to be in compliance with the eighth section of an act for the relief of insolvent debtors and for the more equal distribution of their effects among their creditors, and has applied to said Court to have administered to him the oat in the ninth section of said act. It is therefore ordered by this Court that hearing and inquiry be had thereon, on the 10th day of April A.D. 1862, at one o'clock P.M., at the Probate Office in said District, and that notice thereof be given by advertising this order in the Windham County Transcript and Willimantic Journal, two weekly papers published in said Windham County, and by posting a like notice on the signpost in said Hampton and also on the signpost nearest the residence of said assignor at least two weeks before the day of hearing. Certified from record. Attest, E.H. Newton, Clerk.
380. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: Written for the Journal. How Isaac Crane Won His Wife. A Windham Tradition. Among the early settlers of Windham no one was more respected or influential than Lieut. Jonathan Crane. He counted his lands by thousands of acres, he was the fast and trusted friend of the Rev. Mr. Whiting, and in the business of organizing the town was second only to Joshua Ripley, Esq. His homestead was next to that of Cates, the first settler, and here lived and died the hero and heroine of my brief tale. Another settler, who appeared in Windham a few years later, was Mr. John Waldo, of Boston, who purchased the (now) Waldo Bingham place in 1697. He was a man of means and highly respectable, being of that "ancient and honorable" family which claim descent from the celebrated Peter Waldo, of Lyons, the founder of the Protestant sect known as the Waldenses. John Waldo, the Windham settler, died in 1700, and left a family, from which descended all that bear the name in this vicinity, and many others in various parts of the country. Mr. Waldo left three young daughters, born in Boston, who all married and had families in Windham. Ruth, the youngest, tradition says, was as beautiful as "Priscilla, the Puritan maiden," the heroine of the loves of Capt. Miles Standish and John Alden. The aged lady who told me the story I am about to relate - and who is a lineal descendant - said, "She was as fair as the lily,, as fresh as the rose, her hair like the raven's wing, and her yes black as the sloe." With this introductory we give the following incident of the olden time, which is not only "founded on fact," but, according to the testimony of my good old lady friend, literally true. In the spring of 1716, about this time in the year, there was some kind of a public meeting at Mansfield. There had been quite a freshet, and the "Naathaug Brook," between Windham and Mansfield, overflowed its banks, and the rude bridge across it was carried away. Without knowing this, the three Waldo girls, Catharine, Rebeckah and Ruth, started in the morning on foot to attend the Mansfield meeting. They arrived on the banks of the stream, and found that they could not cross it without aid, as the current was deep and rapid. While waiting and considering what to do, there came up on horseback, Isaac Crane, a son of Lieut. Jonathan Crane, before mentioned. He was a noble youth, just one and twenty, and having served his honored father faithfully, the latter on his twenty-first birthday presented him with the fine young horse, on which he was now mounted. As he rode up he at once saw the dilemma of the ladies, and very gallantly offered to take them over; - which, with the aid of his trusty steed, he soon accomplished. Of course he had to take them one at a time; and, whether by accident or design we cannot say, the older ones were taken over first and Ruth left for the last. When he returned for her, she was standing on a slight elevation, and as he reined up as near as possible, with graceful agility she sprang upon his horse, and placing her arm around him, was safely carried over. My good lady said that the heart of the young Isaac went "pit-a-pat" when he found himself thus embraced by the fair Ruth, but as much fluttered as he was he did not fail to ask the dark-eyed beauty to continue the ride with him to Mansfield, which invitation she not unwillingly accepted; for in those days of puritan simplicity and freedom from prudery, it was not thought discreditable, even in a Boston born lady, to accept a bareback ride under such circumstances, especially with such a gallant cavalier as Isaac Crane. It is said that the ladies left behind were a little miffed at the turn matters had taken, but this part of the story we do not fully credit, but rather think they were pleased with the good fortune of their favorite sister, and rejoiced at the prospect of having such a nice brother-in-law! Of the incidents of that ride we are not informed; but it was undoubtedly the most interesting as it was the most eventful period of their lives. The "faire ladie" was set down that night at her mother's door; and it was noticed that the horse of young Isaac was thereafter often seen hitched near the residence of widow Waldo, especially on Sunday nights. Courtships were short in those days, and it was soon understood that the noblest youth and the fairest maiden in all the town were betrothed. The minister had been consulted and given his sanction to the match, and parents thought it very proper, and everybody said Isaac and Ruth were made for each other, and if ever there was a match made in Heaven this was one. On the evening of July 12th, 1716, was assembled one of the largest wedding parties ever gathered in Windham since its settlement. All the dignitaries of the town were invited. There was the tall and commanding form of that godly man, the Rev. Samuel Whiting, with his excellent wife, famed for her beauty, dignity and intelligence. There was Joshua Ripley, Esq., the father of the then new town, and his noble wife Hannah, the most useful woman in the settlement - a granddaughter of Governor Bradford. There was John Fitch, the town clerk, one of the magnates of the village. There, also, was the good Deacon Bingham, one of the nearest neighbors of the Cranes, venerable with age, and honored by all, with his wife Mary, eldest daughter of Jonathan Rudd, the hero of the "Bride Brook," marriage, the sweetest singer in all the town. There, too, was Goodman Jennings, the friend and earliest companion of Cates, with the Huntingtons, Webbs, Abbes, and representatives of al lthe "first families" of Windham. All eyes were turned to the comely youth and the lovely maiden, as they stood before the goodly company, while the Rev. Mr. Whiting, in a most impressive manner, performed the marriage ceremony. In those days, when the language of the Bible was as familiar as "household words," we doubt not that the following scripture, uttered by Ruth of old, was deep in the heart if not on the lips of the puritan bride: "Whither thou goest I will go, and where thou lodgest I will lodge; thy people shall be my people and thy God my God. Where thou diest I will die, and there will I be buried; the Lord do so to me and more also, if aught but death part thee and me." Years passed on and the happy and harmonious pair, were blessed with children which grew up as "olive plants around their table." First Ruth and then Isaac was gathered to the congregation of their fathers, in the old Windham burying ground, where they still sleep side by side, near by where they had so happily lived and died. Although generations have come and gone, and a hundred summers have passed over their quiet resting place, yet even to this day their aged descendants love to tell to their children, the simple but pleasant story, of "How Isaac Crane won his wife."
381. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: Dr. F.P. Coe. Died of consumption at Lebanon, on Wednesday, the 9th inst. Dr. Frederick P. Coe, aged 41 years. In early life he went to sea on a whaling voyage, and after his return, became a minister of the Christian order, and preached some years in Lebanon, and at Greenville. He then turned his attention to medicine, and practiced as a Botanic or Eclectic physician, at Killingly, and to some extent in Willimantic, in connection with Dr. Wm. K. Otis. In 1851, he was elected a representative from this town and was chosen Treasurer of the State by the American Party. The Doctor was a ready and [fluent?] speaker, had available talents, and from his social qualities and unfailing good humor always had many and devoted personal friends. For several years he has been struggling with the fatal disease which terminated his life. He was twice married, and leaves a widow and one child. His funeral will be attended today, in this village, at 12 o'clock, and he will be buried with Masonic honors - Rev. Sidney Dean preaches the sermon.
382. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: Obituary. Died at College Hill, Ohio, on Friday, March 28th, William Cary, aged 79 years, Mr. Cary was of the old Windham family, his line of descent being as follows: 1st, John, from Somersetshire, England, who was one of the first settlers of West Bridgewater, Mass; 2d Dea. Joseph an early and prominent settler of Windham; 3d, Dea. John, who lived in the eastern part of Windham, (now Scotland). 4th, Dr. Samuel, who graduated at Yale College, 1755; 5th, William, the subject of this notice, who was born at Lyme, N.H., Jan. 28th 1783. He was left fatherless in his infancy, and emigrated to the West, with his mother and two elder brothers, arriving in the village of Cincinnati, in the summer of 1802. In 1814 he settled in Mill Creek township, near Cincinnati, now the seat of Farmer's College, the Ohio Female College, and the beautiful suburban village of College Hill; and on the spot where he then built the first residence, he breathed his last. With very meager opportunities in early life for obtaining an education he was of a vigorous, comprehensive mind, and availed himself of every means within his reach, to qualify himself for the duties of a responsible citizen. Although he took a deep interest in public affairs, yet with the exception of holding the office of Justice of the peace, and once a seat in the Legislature, he declined public office. Plain, unostentatious, liberal, and hospitable, his home was the home of the friend and the stranger. The wayfarer was never denied a shelter, nor the hungry a place at his table. For many years he was a ruling elder in the Presbyterian church, and often a delegate to the General Assembly. All the benevolent enterprises of the age received his constant and liberal support. Schools and Colleges, like institutions purely benevolent, he was ever ready to sustain and support. He gave to his three sons a liberal education. In addition to being the largest contributor to the building of Farmer's College, he gave of his limited property, ten thousand dollars, towards its endowment. He married, in 1809, Rebecca Fenton, daughter of Roswell and Deborah (Freeman) Fenton, of Mansfield, Conn. who survives him. He leaves two sons well known throughout the country - Freeman G. Cary, founder of Farmer's College, and General S.F. Cary, the great temperance reformer. In the domestic circle he was the object of special veneration and affection. Children and grand children, and great grand children, will never forget his wise and tender counsels, his blameless life, and his happy death. He came a young man to the North West Territory; Cincinnati, with the exception of a few log huts, was a wilderness. He departed an old man, having seen the village become a great city, and the wild uncultured wilderness the home of millions of freemen. Devoted to the Constitution and the Union, he only desired to linger a little longer, that he might see the end of this wicked rebellion. His funeral was largely attended, and among those present was Parson Brownlow, who offered, upon request, a prayer. We have condensed the above from a long and interesting obituary in the Cincinnati papers adding a few items of genealogy. During the past year we had a very interesting correspondence with this venerable and excellent man, in regard to the history of the Cary family. We would merely add that Phebe and Alice Cary, the popular writers, are also descendants of Dr. Samuel Cary.
383. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: We publish this week the tradition respecting Isaac Crane and Ruth Waldo in place of a grave historical article. The writer is not a story-teller, and it will probably be interesting mainly on account of its references and allusions.
384. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: The Election. The election in this State on Monday resulted in the triumph of the Republicans and Union party, by a large majority. ..
Brooklyn, Havilah Taylor, r
Ashford, Jared D. Richmond, d, Edwin A. Buck, r
Canterbury, Darius Wood, r, Chas R. Lyon, r
Chaplin, J.W. Lincoln, r
Eastford, H.H. Arnold, r
Hampton, Henry G. Taintor, r
Killingly, Isaac Fogg, r, Jas H. Potter, r
Plainfield, David Gallup, r, Jas. S. Atwood, r
Pomfret, W.O. Greene, r, Chas. Osgood, r
Putnam, Warren White, r
Scotland, David F. Smith, r
Sterling, D.A. Fish, d
Thompson, Dyer A. Upham, r, S.H. Davis, r
Voluntown, 2 Dem.
Windham, G.W. Burnham, r, L. Burnham, r
Woodstock, R.S. Mathewson, r, N. Morse, r
Tolland, Alvan P. Hyde, d, E. Joslin, d
Andover, Milo M. Loomis, r
Bolton, Jabez L. White, d
Columbia, E. Baldwin, d
Coventry, H.A. Brewsterr, r, H. Lillie, r
Ellington, Calvin Pease, Jr., r
Hebron, F.P. Bissell, r, G.W. Kimball, r
Mansfield, C. Arnold, r, W.H. Richardson, r
Somers, S.C. Reynolds, r, G.C. Wood, r
Stafford, E.A. Converse, r, J.L. Fairman, r
Union, 2 Rep.
Vernon, A. Kellogg, r, J. Selden, r
Willington, R. Batty, r, Leander Hall, r
385. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: The Providence Annual Conference of the M.E. Church closed its yearly session 7th inst. The following are a part of the appointments for the New London District:
Presiding Elder, Erastus Benton
Willimantic, E.B. Bradford
New London, N.A. Cooper
Norwich, Main Street, Mr. Clark
Sachem Street, H.W. Conant
Baltic or Lisbon, R. Donkersley
Mystic Bridge, F. Upham
Mystic and Westerly, J.A. Dean
Plainfield, S.S. Cummings
Danielsonville, A. Palmer
Putnam, G.W. Brewster
Stafford Springs, P. Townsend
Hazardville, J. Mathews
Rockville, R. Parsons
North Manchester, J.F. Sheffield
South Manchester, J.M. Worcester
South Coventry, L.E. Dunham
The Rev. Wm. Kellen is stationed for the coming year at Cumberland, R.I.
386. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: The ably conducted and reliable paper the Hartford Courant says: The Willimantic Journal has lived and prospered in probation. Now it settles down as a permanent thing, and is a well conducted journal in all respects. If the compliment is not now fully merited we mean it shall be.
387. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: Mr. Jesse Crane of Mansfield, whose death is recorded under our obituary head, was for some time a resident of Willimantic, twenty five or thirty years ago, in the butchering business with Mr. Samuel Barrows. He was a worthy man.
388. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: A Windham merchant of former days once advertised in the old Windham Herald, for 1000 pair of blue women's stockings and 5000 pairs of streaked men's mittens.
389. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: The political friends of John Tracy, Esq., of this village, Senator elect from the 13th district, to the number one hundred or more, called on him at his residence on Monday evening, to congratulate him on his election. They were most hospitably received, generously entertained, and had a pleasant social time, all round.
390. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: On Tuesday evening the friends of G.W. Burnham of this village, representative elect from this town, made him a call and were cordially received and refreshed. Every thing passed off in a satisfactory manner.
391. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: New Store. We learn that a new store is to be put up by Mr. J.C. Bassett, on the depot lot west of Brooks' European House. We understand that Messrs. John Morse & Co. and O.S. Perkins & Co. are to occupy it.
392. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: Rev. J.L. Clark last Sunday the 6th completed a quarter of a century as rector of St. Johns church, Waterbury. Rev. J. Eaton Smith has recently been appointed his assistant.
393. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: Mr. Varnum Simmons of Danielsonville was baptized and ordained to the gospel ministry on Friday the 4th inst.
394. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: Rev. Mr. Beaumis, of New York, has received a unanimous call to the pastorate of the First Baptist Church in New London, and has accepted it. He is to commence his labors next Sabbath.
395. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: At Norwich, Hazard Wells has been found guilty on an attempt to commit rape upon his own daughter, 14 years of age. Frances E. Clark was divorced from Chas. A. Clark, and Martha Knight was divorced from David Knight - both for desertion and misconduct.
396. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: Acting master Samuel W. Mather, of the "Henry Mather," killed in a skirmish at Mosquito Inlet, Florida, belonged in Deep River, Conn. His age was 28, and he had been several years in the China trade.
397. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: The Fitchville cotton mill, which stopped operations a few days ago, started work again Tuesday, on full time.
398. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: Henry Turner has been sentenced to two years in State Prison, for burglary in Norwich.
399. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: Daniel Holmes, Robbins Carrier, and Albert Jones, all 16 year old boys, have been arrested for "whipping the school teacher," in Haddam. Holmes was sent to jail 30 days and paid $25. The others were bound over in the sum of $500 each, for trial. The teacher was kicked in the head and face.
400. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: The band of the 14th U.S. Infantry arrived at Fort Trumbull on Sunday last.
401. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: The New York Tribune has information, which it deems pretty correct, that the whole rebel force consists of 368 regiments containing 265,634 men.
402. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: President Lincoln's emancipation message attracts much attention in England. The Liverpool Post says there can be no doubt it will have incalculable effect in Europe, and that the effect will be most favorable to the northern cause. The London Times, in an editorial on the subject, says it is the most important news since the split. The President's avowed object is to recover to the Union the border States. The proposition is important not for its intrinsic likelihood of acceptance, but simply because it is a proposition and is the first bid made towards putting an end to the war.
403. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: Marriages.
In Brooklyn, March 26, by Rev. E.N. Seymour, George Potter and Miss Mary Weaver, all of Brooklyn.
In Brooklyn, April 2, by Rev. S. Barrows, Eugene H. Fuller and Miss Mary F. Maine, all of Brooklyn.
404. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: Deaths.
In Windham, April 3, of consumption, Miss Jennie Perry, aged 22.
In Windham, March 16, Frankie, only son of Mrs. Charlotte Lewis, aged 5 years.
In Mansfield, April 7, Jesse Crane, aged 83.
In Brooklyn, April 2, Ellen, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. Kenyon, aged 16.
In Brooklyn, April 7, Dea. Moses Clark, aged 97.
In Abington, March 26, Dea. William Osgood, aged 86 years and 6 months.
In Lebanon, April 10, Chester Fuller, aged 73.
In Columbia, 10th, Caroline P. Thompson, aged 43 years.
In New York, April 11, Henry Brainard, of this village.
405. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: List of Letters remaining in the Post Office at Willimantic, April 1st, 1862.
J.O. Bloss, 2
Susie S. Everdon
Mrs. Oliver Kinglsey
Mrs. G.O. Kingsfill
J. Thomas Love
Mrs. D.E. Merrill, 3
J.L. Page & Co, 2
L.M. Page, 2
Minor G. Page
Miss Augusta Reed
Miss M. Jennie Robinson
Corpl. A.T. Stanton
Mrs. E.A. Stimson
Geo. H. Williams
Persons calling for the above Letters will please say advertised. Jas. Walden, P.M.
406. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: At a Court of Probate holden at Chaplin, within and for the district of Chaplin, on the 8th day of April, A.D. 1862 - Present Lester Bill, Esq, Judge. On motion of Thomas Ringe, Executor of the last will and testament of Mary Ringe, late of Chaplin, within said district, deceased. This court doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the said executors, and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Willimantic, Ct., and by posting a copy thereof on the public sign-post in said town of Chaplin, nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from record, Lester Bill, Judge.
407. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: At a Court of Probate holden at Mansfield within and for the District of Mansfield, on the 4th day of April, A.D. 1862 - Present Oliver B. Griggs, Esq., Judge. On motion of Loring Winchester, Administrator on the estate of Patrick Callanane, late of Mansfield, within said district, deceased. This Court doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the Administrator; and direct that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Willimantic, and by posting a copy thereof on the public signpost in said town of Mansfield, nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from record. O.B. Griggs, Judge.
408. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: For Sale. The subscriber offers for sale a convenient Dwelling House, situated in South Windham, nearly new, and pleasantly situated. To any one desiring superior educational privileges it affords an uncommon opportunity, as the premises are near the Select School of Dr. J.C. Fitch. Samuel G. Byrne. So. Windham, April 4, 1862.
409. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: Bay State Clothes Wringer. Said to be the best in use. No family can afford to be without it. Persons wishing to take one of there Wringers on trial before purchasing can by calling on the vender. Prices - No. 2, $5. No. 1, $6. Geo. W. Burnham.
410. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: Mrs. Lincoln Buildeth a House and Barn. We believe it is generally conceded that Mrs. Lincoln is given to having things after her own liking. The following anecdote, illustrative of that point, is told by a citizen of Springfield, Ill., and we are assured it is an "unvarnished tale." Some years before "Honest Abe," as we have been wont to call him, and his wife had the remotest idea of presiding at the White House, they lived in a low and unpretending dwelling in Springfield. The barn, which was contiguous to the house, was used for stabling a cow during the winter season. Mrs. Lincoln was neither satisfied with the house nor the close proximity of the cow stable, and while her husband was out of town attending court, (to be absent from home some six weeks,) contracted with a carpenter to build a new barn and add another story to the dwelling. The work was immediately commenced and completed before Mr. Lincoln returned, and the change was so striking that when he walked through the street upon his arrival, on which the house was situated, he hardly recognized it; but soon apprehending the reason, he very jocosely asked a person whom he met, "Can you tell me where Mrs. Lincoln lives?" His wife, who had seen her husband coming, opened the door as the question was asked, and exclaimed, "Come in Abe!" - Northampton Press.
411. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: Revaccination. The question is asked many times daily, "Ought I to be re-vaccinated? I was vaccinated when a child and have not been since." The answer should be positive and decided: "You ought to be re-vaccinated." Why? The prominent reason is, that by re-vaccination you will avoid the danger of having the varioloid, which is nothing but small pox modified, and rendered milder by the first vaccination. It is the same disease and has the same danger to others. Nearly all the varioloid we have is in persons of adult age who were vaccinated when in childhood and have not been re-vaccinated. Remember then, that re-vaccination prevents the varioloid. Another reason for re-vaccination is, that its effects are, in most cases, the only positive proof an individual can have that the first vaccination was successful. The vaccination scar is generally presumptive proof; but it is not positive. The third reason for re-vaccination is, that this alone will eradicate the small pox. There is no population in the country more generally vaccinated than that of Providence, and yet we have every year a considerable number of cases of varioloid and a few of small pox. But every case of small pox in Providence, for several years past, has been contracted from cases of varioloid occurring in persons who had been vaccinated but not re-vaccinated. If the varioloid had been prevented by re-vaccination we should have no small pos. The rule is then universal and without exception, that every person who is vaccinated in childhood should be re-vaccinated on arriving at adult age. There are other cases in which re-vaccination is essential; but more of this at another time. - Prov. Journal.
412. TWJ Fri Apr 11, 1862: A Noble Race. There are thirty Lyons all related to the late Gen. Lyon now in the army, and all descendants of Ephraim Lyon of Connecticut, a lawyer by profession, and a lieutenant in the revolutionary war. These are all in the Connecticut regiments, and many of them from the same county. A young nephew of Gen. Lyon, a boy 15 years old, named Arthur enlisted in the 9th Connecticut regiment immediately after the general's remains were taken home and buried in his native town. Arthur was at school, which he left the next day after the burial to join the regiment, saying he had no idea of leaving his school to fight until he saw his uncle Nathaniel lowered into the grave. From that moment he was seized with a desire and purpose to enter the army and avenge his death. Cor. Missouri Republican.
413. TWJ Fri Apr 18, 1862: The Varioloid and Small Pox Again. We announced two weeks ago that these diseases had disappeared from among us, as we could hear of no cases after diligent inquiry. Since then two or three cases have been reported but prompt measures have been taken by isolating the families, &c., to prevent its spread. There are no cases and never have been in our business centers, and there is no more danger of visiting Willimantic on business, or otherwise, than there always is in visiting New York or Boston. Since writing the above we have received the following note from the Health Committee: Mr. Editor: We find by examination this morning that we have in this village but two cases of small pox, and those convalescing, and one case of mild varioloid. Geo. W. Burnham, Lloyd E. Baldwin, Rob't W. Hooper, Health. Com. April 17, 1862. J. King, M.D.
414. TWJ Fri Apr 18, 1862: At a meeting of the Eastern Star Lodge, No. 44, F. and A.M., the following resolutions were passed: Whereas it has pleased the Supreme Architect of the Universe to remove from the earthly Brotherhood of Masons, Brother Frederick P. Coe: Resolved, That in the death of Brother Coe the fraternity of Masons have lost a worthy and valuable mason, and that in the performance of the rite of burial according to Masonic usage and in compliance with the request of the deceased Brother, we not only perform a high Masonic Duty, but express our deep sympathy for the widow and family of the deceased. Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be furnished to the widow of our late Brother Coe, and also, that a like copy be furnished the Willimantic Journal and the Windham County Transcript, for publication. J.R. Arnold, G.H. Davison, J.B. Lord, Committee. Attest, Van N. Austin, Sec'y.
415. TWJ Fri Apr 18, 1862: The funeral of Dr. F.P. Coe, on Friday last was numerously attended by the citizens of the village and neighboring towns. The Star Lodge of Masons in this place, and a delegation from the Moriah Lodge of Killingly were in attendance, conducting the ceremonies of the order. An interesting discourse was preached by the Rev. Sidney Dean.
416. TWJ Fri Apr 18, 1862: By a continuel pressure of new advertisements, with other matter not to be put off, we are reluctantly compelled to omit our historical article this week. We will make it up hereafter.
417. TWJ Fri Apr 18, 1862: The National Flag is a new literary paper published in Norwich by E.C. Rice, & Co. It is a large sheet, well filled with interesting reading. We wish it success.
418. TWJ Fri Apr 18, 1862: We are glad to learn that the Hon. A.A. Burnham, who has been at home a few weeks on account of ill health, has so far recovered as to return to his post at Washington.
419. TWJ Fri Apr 18, 1862: Mr. Cyrus Coburn and family, our nearest neighbors for several years, have removed to Hudson, near Nashua, N.H. Our best wishes accompany them to their new home.
420. TWJ Fri Apr 18, 1862: Mrs. Lillie has removed her dress making establishment to Franklin Building, up stairs, where she will be happy to see her friends.
421. TWJ Fri Apr 18, 1862: A Coventry correspondent of the Courant, April 12th says: The friends in this town of the Rev. Merrick Knight, among whom he has labored for nearly a year and a half past, and from whom he is soon to be separated, wishing to show a token of their regard for himself and family, made the necessary arrangements to pay him a visit on Wednesday last. Accordingly, during the afternoon and evening, nearly one hundred and thirty, composed of all ages from the fair infant in its mother's arms to the venerable father whose silver locks betoken their stay here below as short, assembled at his place of residence. And judging from the bright and glowing countenance, as they gathered around the well filled tables under the careful arrangement of the efficient committee, and the happy interchange of thought which pastor and people always excite in social intercourse, it was time truly well spent. And as Mr. Knight goes from our midst to form new associations and among a new people, he assuredly carries with him the best wishes of his friends in Coventry.
422. TWJ Fri Apr 18, 1862: The following named persons have been appointed Second Lieutenants in the First Conn. Artillery: Geo. M. Williams, of New London, John H. Tingly, of Windham, Paul Harwood, New Haven, Nelson B. Gilbert, of Chester, and Wm. C. Faxon, of Stonington. The recruits for the Conn. Regiments at Fort Trumbull, about 80 in number, were sent forward last week to their respective regiments, and the recruiting officers will return to their regiments this week. A school of military instruction is to be established - temporarily, we suppose - at Fort Trumbull.
423. TWJ Fri Apr 18, 1862: Price Lewis, a former resident of Wolcottville, was hung as a spy at Richmond, recently. He had made several trips to the rebel camps successfully, but was at last found out.
424. TWJ Fri Apr 18, 1862: The Mystic Pioneer mentions the following singular phenomenon: "As the sloop Apollo, Capt. Freeman, was passing off Faulkner's Island, on her homeward bound passage through the Sound, March 30th, she was visited by a meteoric illuminator, which attached itself to every part of the rigging and sails, causing her to present the appearance of a vessel wrapped in a sheet of flames."
425. TWJ Fri Apr 18, 1862: The body of an unknown colored man dressed in sailor's clothes and 40 to 50 years of age, was found in New London harbor Saturday afternoon.
426. TWJ Fri Apr 18, 1862: An unknown man about 60 years, slightly gray, 5 feet 6 inches tall, dressed in a dark suit was found dead of cold and exposure, in a barn at Salisbury, on the 30th ult. He is supposed to have gone from Pittsfield, Mass.
427. TWJ Fri Apr 18, 1862: There is living in Rocky Hill a colored man, known as "Old Murry," who was born on Long Island, May 21st, 1745, and is one hundred and seventeen years old in May. He has resided in Rocky Hill about fifty years, and bids fair to be around some years yet. Probably this is the oldest person in Connecticut.
428. TWJ Fri Apr 18, 1862: Ferry & Son's hat shop at Bethel, was partially destroyed by fire Monday afternoon. Two other buildings were burnt.
429. TWJ Fri Apr 18, 1862: Albert Mead of Ridgefield was accidentally shot, Saturday night, by a companion handling a pistol. The would was severe but not mortal.
430. TWJ Fri Apr 18, 1862: The Norwich Bulletin says Wm. P. Jack, of Portland committed suicide in that city Monday afternoon, by stabbing himself with a pocket knife.
431. TWJ Fri Apr 18, 1862: At a meeting of the state prison directors held the 11th inst., William Willard, Esq., of Wethersfield was chosen Warden, vice Daniel Webster deceased. Mr. Willard has held the position heretofore, is thoroughly familiar with its duties, and will, we think, fill the office with ability. The number of prisoners is now 178.
432. TWJ Fri Apr 18, 1862: Asaph King, who died at Enfield on the 9th, age 60 years, was taken ill on his way home from Springfield, and lived but a few hours. He was a worthy and honored citizen, filled various places of trust and twice represented the town in the legislature.
433. TWJ Fri Apr 18, 1862: A flock of sheep belonging to Arvan Baldwin, in Guilford, was nearly destroyed last week by dogs. Of 46 sheep bitten, 21 have died; and of 47 fine lambs but few are left.
434. TWJ Fri Apr 18, 1862: The Pimpawaug District School House, Wilton, was burned on Monday night, 7th inst. The work of an incendiary.
435. TWJ Fri Apr 18, 1862: Marriages.
In Abington, April 8th, by Rev. H.B. Smith, Rev. J.P. Hixby, of Thompson, and Miss Jennie A. Peck, daughter of Alanson Peck, of Abington. .At the same time and place, by the same, Mr. Joseph C. Peck, of Abington, and Miss Delia A. Wilson, of Windham. The double wedding was attended by a large number of the friends and acquaintances of the bridegrooms and brides, who desire their prosperity.
436. TWJ Fri Apr 18, 1862: Deaths.
In Newark, N.Y., March 31, Cornelia E., only daughter of Rev. Ludovicus Weld, for many years pastor of the Congregational Church in Hampton, Ct., aged 52 years and 9 months.
In New York, of consumption, on Friday morning, the 11th inst., Henry Brainard, aged 36 years, son of Henry Brainard, Esq., of this village, late of the Brainard House. His remains were brought here for interment, and the funeral was attended by the Rev. Mr. Willard, at the residence of his father on Monday afternoon last.
437. TWJ Fri Apr 18, 1862: Mrs. A.B. Adams, having the latest and best styles for Cloaks, Capes and Mantillas, is now prepared to serve her former patrons and all who may favor her with a call. Machine Stitching, of all kinds, done with neatness and dispatch. House in rear of Geo. W. Hanover's store. April 17, 1862.
438, TWJ Fri Apr 18, 1862: Removal. Mrs. Lillie would inform her friends and customers that she has removed to Franklin Building, over Alpaugh & Hooper's store where will continue the Dress-Making Business in all its branches. Thanking her friends for past favors, she hopes by strict attention to her business to receive her share of patronage. Respectfully, Mrs. C.H. Lillie. Willimantic, April 10, 1862.
439. TWJ Fri Apr 18, 1862: Notice to heirs of deceased soldiers. The undersigned is prepared to make out the necessary papers, and to collect "arrearages of pay" and "bounty" due from the United States Government. Samuel Bingham. Windham, Ct., April 1, 1862.
440. TWJ Fri Apr 18, 1862: At a Court of Probate holden at Brooklyn within and for the said District of Brooklyn on the 12th day of April, A.D., 1862, present, S. Davison, Esq., Judge. On motion of Albert Day, Trustee of the assigned estate of William W. Clark, of said Brooklyn, this Court doth decree that two months be allowed and limited to the creditors of said estate, to exhibit their claims to John Gallup, 2, and Edward Fogg, of said Brooklyn commissioners appointed to examine and adjust the same, and said trustee is directed to give public notice of this order and of the times and places of meeting of the commissioners for that purpose, by advertising in the Killingly Transcript and the Willimantic Journal, two weekly papers published in this county, for one month, and by posting on the public signpost, in said Brooklyn, nearest the residence of the assignor, and said trustee is also directed to cause a copy of such notice to be sent by mail or otherwise to every known creditor living without this Probate District, within one week after the date of this order, and return make to this Court. Certified from record. S. Davison, Judge. The undersigned, having been appointed by the Court of Probate for the District of Brooklyn, Commissioners on the assigned estate of William W. Clark, of said Brooklyn, will meet at the Putnam House, in said Brooklyn, on the 12th days of May and June, 1862, at 9 o'clock A.M., on each of said days to attend to the duties of our said appointment. John Gallup, 2d, Edward Fogg, Commissioners. Brooklyn, April 12th, 1862.
441. TWJ Fri Apr 25, 1862: Historical Notes on Willimantic. No. V. The Brown Family. Dea. Nathaniel Skiff was the next settler in order at Willimantic; but while awaiting some facts respecting his father, James Skiff, we will give the history of the Brown family. Considerable interest attaches to this family for several reasons. John Brown, the first settler in this country, as we shall see, was a very distinguished man in his day. Stephen Brown, the Willimantic settler, was a grandson of Major John Mason, of Norwich, the hero of the Pequot war. The first conveyance of any of the land given by Joshua to the Norwich legatees, was by Samuel Mason to his brother-in-law, Capt. John Brown, March 2d, 1677, when he gave to him a 1000 acre right, on which Stephen, the son of Capt. Brown, settled. A part of this land, embracing the "home farm," or at least a considerable portion of it, is now owned by Elias P. Brown, Esq., who is of the 7th generation from John Brown, the first settler; - the land having remained uninterruptedly in the family 185 years and during five generations. The following is the genealogy:
John Brown was acquainted with the Pilgrims at Leyden, before 1620, but the year of his coming to this country is unknown. He settled in Plymouth colony, was at Duxbury in 1636, at Taunton, in 1643, and was an original proprietor and early settler of Rehoboth. The following notice is made of him in "Morton's N.E. Memorial" (pp. 299, 296, 297.) "In his younger years traveling into the low countries, he came acquainted with, and took good liking to, the revered pastor of the church of Christ at Leyden, as also to the sundry of the brethren of that church; which ancient amity induced him (upon his coming over to New England) to seat himself in the jurisdiction of New Plymouth, in which he was chosen magistrate, in which place he served God and the country several years; he was well accomplished with abilities to both civil and religious concernments, and attained, through God's grace, unto a comfortable perswasion of the love and favour of God to him; he falling sick of a fever, with much serenity and spiritual comfort, fell asleep in the Lord, and was honorably buried in Wannamoiset near Rehoboth" (Swansey), April 10th, 1662. Bliss, in his History of Rehoboth (p. 53), says: "He was first elected to the office of Assistant in Plymouth Colony in 1636, which office he ably filled for seventeen years. He was also one of the Commissioners of the United Colonies of New England from 1644, to 1656." "He was one of the original proprietors of the town, and owned large estates in land both at Rehoboth and Wannamoiset. Mr. Brown was a friend to religious toleration, and was the first of the Plymouth magistrates who expressed scruples as to the expediency of coercing the people to support the ministry. He was a man of talent, integrity, and piety, and his death was deeply felt throughout the whole colony." He had at least the following children, all probably born in England: 1. James, who m. Lydia, dau. Of John Howland, had a family, and was also an Assistant of the Colony in 1665. He lived at Swansey, and d. Oct. 29, 1710, aged 87 years.
2. Mary, who m. July 6, 1636, John Willett.
John Brown, Jr., (No. 3, above), son of John the Assistant, was probably born in England, m. a dau. Of William Buckland (Christian name not found) lived in Rehoboth or Swansey, and died March 31, 1662. he left the following children:
1. John, born last Friday in September, 1650.
2. Lydia, b. Aug. 6, 1656, so says the record, but it is probably incorrect.
3. Annah, or Hannah, Jan. 29, 1657.
4. Joseph, b. April 9, 1658.
5. Nathaniel, b. June 9, 1661
Capt. John Brown, of Swansey, (No. 1, above named), son of John Brown, Jr., appears to have been held in high estimation by his Mason relatives and the Mohegan Indians. We have seen that Samuel Mason gave him a thousand acres of land in 1677, a dozen years before Cates commenced the Windham settlement; and in the deed of gift to Capt. Brown by Oweneco, in 1689, (published in the Journal, March 7,) the Captain is highly spoken of and his military prowess hinted at. As he lived in the times and among the stirring scenes of Philip's war, it is quite probable that he saw active service in that struggle, in which Oweneco and the Masons participated. It would seem that much effort was made to induce Capt. Brown to settle in Windham, but without avail. The exact date of his death is not found, but it was previous to 1711, though probably not long before. The home farm of Capt. John Brown was laid out at "Willamantuck river," April, 1706, and is described as follows: "Abutting Southwest on Willimantuck river one hundred and fifty rod the west corner being a stak against the mouth of hop river; the south corner is a double whit oak; abutting southeast on Mr. James Allyn's Lot; on hundred sixty & foure rod; the East Corner being a whit oak bush on the plain; abutting northeast on the Commons one hundred fifty rod; the north corner being a whit oak; abutting northwest on Commons and addition Land of Capt. Brown a hundred and sixty & Foure rod; which addition Land abutteth on the river seventy two rods; then an easterly line eighty rods; to meet with the line of the first Lot; the lot with the addition Containes one hundred & sixty acres besides allowance for a highway." The lot drawn for Capt. Brown was originally No. 3 at Willimantic, which was exchanged for No. 2, in the crotch of the river, where a home lot was laid out Dec. 26, 1699, and home farm added as above. Capt. John Brown m. Anna Mason, dau. of Major John Mason, of Norwich, Nov. 8, 1672. Their children were as follows:
1. John, b. April 28, 1675, m. Abigail Cole, July 2, 1696, and d. in 1752 at S., was called Capt.
2. Lydia, b. March 16, 1697 [sic] [perhaps misprint for 1677?] , m. Joseph Wadsworth, of Lebanon, Ct., and died Dec. 27, 1759 - had __ [originally typed as 2 or three, but the number "4" was handwritten over it] children
3. Martha, b. Nov. 20, 1681, m. her first cousin, Deacon Eleazer Fitch, of Lebanon, youngest son of Rev. Jas. Fitch, of Norwich. They had no issue.
4. Daniel, b. Oct. 1683, d. in infancy.
5. Ebenezer, b. June 15, 1685, settled at Lebanon, and m. Sarah Hyde, Feb. 25, 1714. She was the dau. of Samuel Hyde, and was born at Windham, Dec. 20, 1696, and died at Lebanon, March 1, 1797, aged 100 years. Their dau. Lydia m. Ichabod Robinson of L., and was the mother of Rev. Wm. Robinson, of Southington, a distinguished Congregational clergyman, and grandmother of Prof. Edward Robinson, of New York, the celebrated Oriental scholar.
6. Daniel, 2d, b. Sept. 26, 1686.
7. Stephen, b. Jan. 29, 1688, settled at Windham near the Willimantic river.
8. Joseph, b. May 19, 1690.
Stephen Brown, son of Capt. John (No. 7), settled at Windham (near Willimantic river) before 1720. Jan. 27, 1715, he is called "of Windham," when his brothers, Capt. John, Daniel and Joseph of Swansey, quit-claimed their right in the 1000 acre share. April 1, 1717, he is called "of Lebanon"; April 26, 1717, he is called "of Windham." In 1720 he had located on the Willimantic home farm, and had before that time built a house upon it. That house, one tradition says, was near the present dwelling of Wm. Avery, Esq., a little east of it on the opposite side of the way. He was the next settler west of the Iron Works bridge, after Mr. Jonathan Babcock. Tradition makes him a man of courage and determination, with a good degree of the Mason blood and spirit. He took part in the famous "Hartford riot" in 1722, in which Jeremiah Fitch, of Coventry, his cousin, was liberated from the jail, where he was imprisoned on account of some decision respecting the Hop river hands. He m. 1st, Mary Risley, June, 1729; she d. April 2, 1730; m. 2d, Abigail Rugg, dau. of Thomas, of Mansfield, March 4, 1730-31; she d. Nov. 1731; m. 3d, Mary Jacobs, of Mansfield, Nov. 1734. Stephen Brown, the Willimantic settler, died Oct., 1766, aged about 78. He had the following children:
1. Stephen, Jr., b. ____, m. Dec. 3, 1760, Mary, dau. of Nathaniel Shattuck, and had Eunice, Lucinda, Hannah, Joseph Hill, Stephen, Lucinda, Ambrose, Jerome, Elijah, Mary and Annis. (Joseph Hill, above, m. Martha Barrows, and had Fanny, Washington, Harry, Joseph Hill, Martha and Elijah Nelson.)
2. Abigail, by 2d wife, b. Nov. 2, 1731, m. George Anderson, of Mansfield, and had a family.
3. Mary, by 3d wife, b. April 18, 1738.
4. John, b. June 18, 1742.
John Brown, son of Stephen above (No. 4), was a highly respected and useful citizen. Besides cultivating his farm, and keeping a country tavern, he carried on the manufacture of potash and the refining of salt petre; he being the only person in this part of the country who understood the latter business. During the Revolutionary war, he prepared the saltpetre used in the Willimantic powder mills. He was employed by the State, and was highly esteemed by Governor Trumbull. He married Sybil Barrows, dau. of Jabez Barrows, of Mansfield, Dec. 22, 1763. He died Dec. 1824, aged 82; she d. Jan., 1837, aged 93.Their children were:
1. Roswell, b. March, 12, 1765, d. July 20, 1792, unm.
2. Lydia, b. Nov. 4, 1777, m. Wm. Spafford, and settled at Troy, N.Y.
3. John, b. Nov. 16, 1769.
4. Eunice, b. March 16, 1772, m. Asa Brace, settled in N.Y. State.
5. Clarissa, m. Samuel Babcock, settled at Westmoreland, N.Y.
6. Assenath, m. Nathaniel Fitch, settled at Verona, Oneida Co., N.Y.
7. Sybil, m. Jedediah Fitch, settled at Verona, N.Y.
8. Jabez, m. 1st, Sophia Babcock; 2d, Hannah Barrows, living in 1861.
9. Lucinda, m. Jabez Cummings, of Mansfield.
John Brown (No. 3), son of John above, m., 1st, Olive Martin, m., 2d, Elizabeth Palmer, dau. of Elias, of Coventry; m., 3d, Nancy Fitch. He died April 27, 1841, aged 71.
Children by 1st wife:
1. Julia, died young.
2. Roswell, d. unm.
3. Nathan, m. Elizabeth Murdock, resides at Lebanon.
4. Eliphalet, m. Ermina Preston, and d. .at Willimantic.
Children by 2d wife:
5. Albert Banks, m. .Marcia Dunham, and died in Illinois, Sept. 1859.
6. Maria Arnold, m. Dwight Bailey, resides in Franklin.
7. Elias Palmer, m. Salvira Dickinson, has a family, and resides on the homestead farm, which is a part of the same land given by Samuel Mason to Capt. John Brown, in 1677.
8. Wealthy, m. Frederick Curtis, resides at Saugerties, N.Y.
9. Sarah, m. Vine R. Hovey, deceased.
10. John, our well-known fellow citizen, m. Rebecca T. Lyon, and has a family. His son John is of the 8th generation, and the 7th John Brown from Mr. John Brown, the Assistant.
11. Dwight, killed by explosion of a powder mill in Manchester, at the age of 24, unmarried.
12. Ralph Williams, died aged 3 years.
442. TWJ Fri Apr 25, 1862: The Tolland County Historical Society, Hon. Loren P. Waldo, President, will hold its annual meeting at Tolland, April 29th, at 10 o'clock A.M. Rev. G.A. Calhoun, D.D., will give Biographical sketches of some of the early Clergymen of the county. John S. Yeomans, Esq., of Columbia, will read a portion of his address on the early settlement of the territory now embraced in that town. Why cannot Windham County have a Historical Society.
443. TWJ Fri Apr 25, 1862: Chaplain's Aid Commission. A letter received from Rev. Horace Winslow, Chaplain of the 5th Regiment Conn. Vol., acknowledges the receipt of a chapel tent and box of books and magazines from the Conn. Chaplain's Aid Commission. The Chaplain writes in glowing terms of the delight with which the soldiers welcomed the tent and reading matter. The Commission is certainly doing a noble work.
444. TWJ Fri Apr 25, 1862: Rev. C.H. Bullard, of Hartford may expected to give, in the Congregational Church in this village, on Sabbath evening next an account of the Tract Society's doings among the soldiers and in the hospitals.
445. TWJ Fri Apr 25, 1862: Doctor Card, as will be seen by a special notice, has located among us as a practicing physician and surgeon. He refers to a number of distinguished members of the profession.
446. TWJ Fri Apr 25, 1862: Alfred Waterman - a son of Rev. T.T. Waterman - has recently become pastor of the Congregational church in Fitchville, (Bozrah,) Ct.
447. TWJ Fri Apr 25, 1862: Washington Correspondence of the Journal. Our Member
- Slaves Leaving Washington Liberty - Southerner's Blind Prejudice - War Prospect - A Letter From Chas. P. Evans, Ship Island. Friend Weaver: I was glad to see our Windham member, A.A. Burnham, an evening or two since, just arrived to resume his seat in the House. His health is at present tolerable, and I hope form what he says of it, will admit of his remaining here the rest of the session. While most of the negroes here, bond and free, rejoice at the law abolishing slavery from our national capital, some slaves - I know a family of such - have actually co-operated with their owners with hearty good will to get out of the District between the passage of the act and the signing of it by the President, for the avowed purpose of escaping its effects upon themselves and being made free! The case within my own knowledge is that of a neighboring slaveholder. The slaves - four or five grown persons, and two or three children - hurried off to a relative of the owner out in the country, and the owner - a widow woman - proposes to move to Baltimore, whither her chattels will be sent to her. She herself has nothing for them to do beyond a little house work for one of them. She hires them out and lives upon their wages. I don't think she has any other income. Occasionally one of the slave girls, or women, comes home to become a mother, by what father, the delicate, christian owner knows and cares not, but well she knows it adds one to her stock of working cattle after a while. That mother, for the year following, is allowed to remain at home as her owner's house servant, in order that she may give the necessary care to her own offspring. That is the programme. Well, of this delicate, commendable system the Southerners are so enamored, that a Virginian - a loudly devoted Union man, who has told me that he believed the Secessionists would hang him if they caught him at home - this sacrificing Union man, before the signing of the bill, declared as his opinion, and in such oracular tones as fully conveyed the high esteem he held it in, that if Mr. Lincoln would veto the abolition act, he would be the greatest man in America! I presume the slaves who have run away from their liberty, have been frightened into their folly by some bug-bear story about colonization, leading them to believe that they would be forcibly deported to a strange land. And really, many an owner is too stupid to understand an act of Congress for him or herself, when they can read it, which is not always. The war prospect is not so bright as I could wish, or as I had thought it a few days ago. We have hard work to do out West yet, and harder work at Yorktown, I fear. However, it can and will be done, and before long, probably; that is, in a few weeks, McClellan may be expected to reduce the works at Yorktown; and the Western generals I look to for more rapid achievements, of course. They only title McClellan is earning for himself, in case of very good success ultimately, even, is The Slow - McClellan the Slow. By order of the President, against the wishes of Secretary Stanton, McDowell has been obliged to reinforce McClellan with Gen. Franklin's Division; McClellan during his request with the plea of necessity, in view of a larger force of the enemy than he had expected. He was too long, by half, getting down there. I transcribe a portion of Charles' letter of March 21st, from Ship Island. It exhibits something of the life, not of the writer only, but of all the Willimantic boys generally: "I have just got through with my frugal repast, which consisted of salt junk and hard bread, and feel grateful, as it is seldom we get that. We have fared miserably since our arrival here, having had very hard work and little to eat. However, I can endure it if the rest can. The horses belonging to the 12th not having arrived, the men have to back all the provisions for the Regiment, and all the lumber for the buildings now being erected, hospital, commissary's store, &c., about a mile; also all the wood for fuel about four miles, as this end of the island is barren, excepting a few _ushes [rushes? bushes?] On the other end (which but a very few years ago undoubtedly was a separate island, but now connected by a sand-bar) grow pitch pine and the palmetto; the latter much less thrifty than in South Carolina. "We have terrible gales here, always accompanied with thunder and lightning and rain. Rain! whew! you can form no conception of it here in the Gulf. Rain in the Northern States is but a mist to it. I was out in one of these storms about a week ago, on the weather side of the Island, a-wooding; and for the time it lasted it was full as heavy as anything I ever buffeted anywhere, off Cape Horn not excepted. The same night our 1st Lieut. and six men were driven on the Mississippi shore in a boat, in attempting to bring us provisions, but returned safe to camp in two days after some trying times on Secession soil. Our bivouac was on a spot where formerly stood a hotel for the accommodation of summer visitors from the main. Our huts were built of pitch pine boughs, and thatched with the palmetto; and, as the heavy, dark clouds were fast gathering in the distance in the point from which a storm is to be expected, I took the precaution to erect mine between six trees, to fortify it against the wind. And that purpose it answered; but for the rain, in fifteen minutes - less - after it began to descent, I was lying in a puddle of water. But there I lay until Capt. Braley's waiter (a son of Albert Wilson of Willimantic) came and told me that a camp fire was lighted, and that the Capt. and all hands were at it. Thirty of us out of the company who had been detailed for two days' wooding were there. When I got in sight of the fire and the men sitting around it, I thought it the most picturesque scene that could possible be imagined. The rain having subsided, woolen and India rubber blankets were hung round to dry, while the Capt. And men sat on the ground with their haversacks and canteens slung by their sides, boasting of which hut weathered the gale the best; and then falling into a consultation about the best place to encamp in the morning." From his total silence about any sickness in the company, we are left to hope that the boys are enjoying a good share of health. Yours, J.E.
448. TWJ Fri Apr 25, 1862: Council at Mansfield.
An Ecclesiastical Council met at Mansfield Center, on Tuesday of this week.
Rev. F. Williams of Chaplin, was chosen moderator, and Rev. E.F. Brooks, of North Mansfield, scribe. Rev. Mr. Atwood on account of failing health, had asked a dismission. The result of the meeting was as follows: "The Council having as invited, carefully considered the request of Rev. Anson S. Atwood to be dismissed from the pastoral charge of the First Church in Mansfield, also the statements of the Church and Society, in connection with their assent that the request be granted, do hereby Resolve, That Mr. Atwood's letter tendering his resignation o the pastorate - which he read from the pulpit on the last Sabbath in March - ought to be accepted, said resignation to take effect on Wednesday, the 7th day of May next. In coming to this decision and thereby giving its sanction to the sundering of a link welded forth three years ago, and now overlaid with many precious memories, the Council cordially sympathise with the retiring pastor in the failing strength which with increasing years has led him to seek a release from the manifold, yet delightful labors and cares of his office, and to make arrangements to remove from his beloved charge. They desire to express also their estimation of the singular fidelity, sagacity and success, with which he has performed his ministry and to rejoice with him, that divine favor has enabled him to see fruit so abundant and excellent among his own people; to benefit the churches of the Consociation by his wise and peace-promoting counsels; and to furnish the brethren in the ministry a happy example of the excellence of a permanent pastorate. Moreover, the Council would express to this church and people, hearty condolence for the loss of their esteemed and revered pastor, from whose lips, they, their fathers and their children have heard the word of life, whose counsels have often lightened their sorrows, and resolved their doubts, while his long and peaceful ministry has at once increased the efficiency of the means of grace among his own people, and exempted them from numerous ills and hopes, incident to frequent pastoral changes. The Council devoutly hope that He who remains with the flock, when He removes the under Shepherd will continue to bless this people and in due time guide their minds to the harmonious choice of a pastor; that in his turn, with fidelity and success, shall preach Christ and him crucified to them and their children. Mr. Atwood has purchased a house in East Hartford, where he designs to remove with his family. Many besides his own people regret the necessity of his going and follow him with their best wishes to his new house.
449. TWJ Fri Apr 25, 1862: Obituary. Died in Columbia, April 15th, Mrs. B. Lyman, wife of Dea. Benjamin Lyman. Mrs. Lyman was the daughter of the late Dea. Samuel Barstow, deceased, of Columbia, was born Dec. 13th, 1782, was married to Dea. Lyman, who is a little more than a year her senior in age, June 9th, 1802. They immediately entered upon the duties of conjugal life in the same dwelling which they have continued to occupy till her death - nearly sixty years. They have had nine children, five sons and four daughters, all living, and all except one were present at her funeral. In this long period of sixty years they have remained unbroken in the family circle. She united with the church Oct. 18th,
1809. Mrs. Lyman was a model wife and mother. Modest,
unassuming and naturally retiring in her habits, she was strongly
attached to her home, and in the performance of the domestic duties
of the wife and mother, she found her greatest earthly enjoyment.
Her success in this sphere is most fully attested in the blameless
lives of the large group of children whom she guided in infancy,
and who have so long called her mother. As they gathered around the
coffin to take their last look of the deceased, and wept, - as well
they might weep, - the voice of the venerable and bereaved husband
is heard in clear accents, saying: "Suppress your tears! It
is the Lord's 'will.' 'He gave, He hath taken away.' 'Blessed be
the name of the Lord.'" The eldest son responded:
A silent voice to us has spoken;
The silver cord is loosed at last,
The pitcher at the fountain broken,
And all seems sad."
450. TWJ Fri Apr 25, 1862: The Fifth Connecticut regiment is not at Yorktown, but was last heard from in the valley of the Shenandoah.
451. TWJ Fri Apr 25, 1862: Rev. Geo. Soule of Hampton, chaplain 11th Connecticut, who came home in charge of the body of Capt. E.R. Lee, has not resigned, but is on a brief furlough.
452. TWJ Fri Apr 25, 1862: On Monday the 14th inst., a fire in North Branford burned over 100 acres of woodland doing great damage; and a man named John P. Johnson was burned to death in his shanty in the woods.
453. TWJ Fri Apr 25, 1862: J. Brown of Deep River, while returning from New London on Wednesday evening, 16th, was confronted in South Lyme by three men who demanded his money. Instead of his purse he pulled out a revolver, and they ran away taking refuge in a house of ill fame near-by.
454. TWJ Fri Apr 25, 1862: Richard Bradley, aged eleven years, son of Mr. Gurdon Bradley, of Branford, accidentally shot himself, while in a field near his father's house on the 17th. He had been sent into the field to work, and unbeknown to his parents, took a gun along, and while playing with it, the piece discharged and the contents entered his shoulder. His recover is considered very doubtful.
455. TWJ Fri Apr 25, 1862: Leander Parmelee, Esq., Ex-Sheriff of New Haven County died, at Wallingford on the 17th. Mr. Parmelee was a kind-hearted man, and was universally beloved wherever he was known. His age was 68.
456. TWJ Fri Apr 25, 1862: The barn of William Gelston, in East Haddam, was discovered to be on fire about 10 o'clock Thursday evening, and was burned to the ground, with about three tons of hay, two sleighs, harness, and a pair of valuable Devon bulls. Loss about $800 - no insurance.
457. TWJ Fri Apr 25, 1862: On Wednesday, Capt. Leggett of Co. H. Tenth Conn.
Regiment, with such others of his company who came home wounded as are well enough, will start for Newbern to enter upon active service again.
458. TWJ Fri Apr 25, 1862: We are informed that the rebel flag, which floated over Fort Pulaski until its surrender, is in this city in possession of Gov. Buckingham. It was awarded to the Seventh Connecticut, we understand, as a trophy due their service and gallantry in the siege and they immediately forwarded it to Gov. Buckingham to be placed in the State capitol. - Norwich Bulletin.
459. TWJ Fri Apr 25, 1862: In General Benham's official report of the capture of Pulaski, he alludes thus handsomely to Col. Terry and his gallant Seventh Regiment: "The 7th Connecticutt Regiment, under Colonel Terry, very ably manned the batteries which they had most laboriously constructed: so that I designated them, as I was pleased to find had been (unknown to me,) the previous selection of Gen. Gillmore, for the honor of being the first to garrison the surrendered fort. We see it stated that Dr. Bacon and Capt. Rodman, of the 7th, bore the summons to surrender, to Fort Pulaski.
460. TWJ Fri Apr 25, 1862: D.C. Card, Physician and Surgeon, Offers his services to the citizens of Willimantic and vicinity. Office Directly over the Post Office. References Lewis L. Miller, M.D., Usher Parsons, M.D., Geo L. Collins, M.D., of Providence, R.I.; Henry Aldrich, M.D., of Richmond R.I.
461. TWJ Fri Apr 25, 1862: Marriages.
In Lebanon, 18th inst., by Rev. John Avery, Mr. William Parker, of Manchester, and Miss Amelia J. Oliver, of Lebanon.
462. TWJ Fri Apr 25, 1862: Deaths.
In North Carolina, Dr. D.W.C. Lathrop, assistant surgeon, with Gen. Burnside's Division, formerly of Windham.
In this village, at his residence, Charles Lyons, aged 59 years and one month. The funeral will be attended at his late residence at 3 o'clock Sabbath afternoon.
In Windham, 19th inst., Nancy W., relict of the late Rev. Roger Bingham, aged 77.
In West Killingly, March 27th, J.P. Nettleton aged 55.
In Coventry, 22d inst., Samuel H. Hunt, aged 3 years and 7 months.
In Chaplin, 24th inst., Elmira Seaverns, aged 70.
In Columbia, 24th inst., Salla Clark, age 28.
In Mansfield, 21st inst., after a long and painful illness, which he bore with Christian patience, in the full belief of the final happiness of all men, through the atoning blood of Christ, Thomas Tillinghast, aged 73.
In Lakeville, MN., 6th inst., of measles, Oscar Griffin, only child of Griffin and Sarah J. Phelps, formerly of Willimantic, aged 6 years and four months. He was the first white child born in the town.
In South Coventry, 15th inst., Betsey, wife of Elisha Morey, aged 65.
In Stafford Springs, 18th inst., John Baker aged 83 years.
In Andover, 17th inst., Cyrus Bingham, aged 73.
463. TWJ Fri Apr 25, 1862: At a Court of Probate holden at Chaplin, within and for the district of Chaplin, on the 23d day of April, A.D. 1862. Present Lester Bill, Esq., Judge. On motion of Needham Slate, Executor on the Estate of Mehitable Palmer, late of Chaplin, within said District, deceased, it is ordered by this Court, that notice be given that the Administration account in said estate will be exhibited for settlement at the Probate Office in said district on the 10th day of May next, at 2 o'clock P.M., by posting a copy of this order on the public sign post in said town of Chaplin, and by advertising the same in a newspaper published in Willimantic. Certified from record. Lester Bill, Judge.
464. TWJ Fri Apr 25, 1862: The following beautiful lines from the Stafford News Letter, were written on the death of Marion Isabell, ("Mittie," they called her,) only child of W.R. Small, of Stafford, who died Sunday morning, March 16th, aged 16 months. Mr. Small was formerly of Willimantic, where he has many friends who sympathize with him in his bereavement. [poem omitted]
465. TWJ Fri Apr 25, 1862: We see by the New Haven Journal and Courier, that the Spring session of the Cheshire Academy, closed on Thursday, the 10th inst. The exercises were very interesting, and the audience large. The Rev. Mr. Horton, the Principal, and Mr. Perkins, his assistant, are highly commended for their zeal, and efficiency as instructors. Among those who had a part in the exercises was E. Hayden of Willimantic.
466. TWJ Fri Apr 25, 1862: She Is Dead! By Joseph Comstock, M.D., Liberty Hill. Died at Liberty Hill, March 17th, Lydia M. Goddard, only child of Joseph and L. Maria Goddard, aged 17 years. [poem omitted]
467. TWJ Fri Apr 25, 1862: The Conn. First Artillery, we learn from private letters, is under the immediate command of Gen. M'Clellan, and Col. Tyler is acting Brigadier. The regiment has 72 heavy siege guns and 700 horses and numbers about 1500 men. They are supposed to be in the vicinity of Yorktown, as two companies went in that direction on the same steamer with M'Clellan and staff, and ten companies with them. We hear that the Fifth Regiment is also in the neighborhood of Yorktown.
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